Dual SIM mobile phones are all the rage in India, and a company fueling this fire is Samsung India.
According to a recent report by IDC, a global market intelligence and advisory firm in IT and telecom industries, Samsung is currently the third largest cell phone selling company in India. Samsung is very bullish on the Indian market and plans to launch 42-45 new phones in India in 2011.
Samsung has a host of dual SIM mobiles for the Indian consumer, priced at a very entry level Rs 1,300 to a still-affordable Rs 11,299. Also see our story on latest dual SIM phones in India
Here’s a lowdown on the Samsung dual SIM phones available in India today:
Price: Rs. 11,299
What you get: According Samsung, its Star Duos is the industry’s first 3G+2G dual-standby touchscreen phone. The Samsung phone has a button that allows users to switch between using either SIM card. Samsung Star Duos has a 3.2-inch resistive touchscreen which displays 262K colors and renders a resolution of 240 x 400 pixels. The phone has a TouchWiz 2.0 user interface, supports HSDPA 3.6 and EDGE, and comes with support for 9 regional languages. In addition, the Star Duos B7722 has a 5-megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash which can record QVGA video at 30 frames per second. The phone is ideal for business users also as it comes with Wi-Fi connectivity, Active Sync and Push Mail support.
Price: Rs. 9,199
What you get: This Samsung dual SIM phone works on CDMA+GSM networks that remain active simultaneously – giving you the convenience of using both mobile numbers at one time. The Duos Touch W299 has a 2.3-inch TFT LCD touchscreen display and a 2-megapixel camera. The Samsung phone comes with a document viewer which lets you transfer Excel, Word, PDF documents from a desktop/laptop to the Duos Touch and view/edit these files on the go. Samsung Duos Touch supports handwriting recognition and converts your handwriting into text. The Samsung W299 dual SIM phone comes with a powerful 1140mAh battery to support the two networks simultaneously.
Price: Rs. 7,999
What you get: The B5722 GSM+GSM dual SIM active phone features a 2.8-inch full QVGA touchscreen and sports a dedicated SIM switching key. Keep your personal life separate from work with easy navigation from SIM 1 to SIM 2. Samsung Duos B5722 touchscreen phone includes quick links to a range of social networking sites and instant messengers. The dual SIM phone is embedded with a 3-megapixel camera and a stereo FM with recording feature. The B5722 is powered by a 1200 mAH battery that gives a talk time of up to 13.4 hours.
Price: Rs. 5,999
What you get: The Samsung C6112 slider phone has a 2.4-inch QVGA TFT display screen with resolution of 240 x 320 pixels, and a 2-megapixel camera. The phone features FM radio with RDS, microSD memory slot, 40MB internal memory expandable up to 8GB, USB 2.0, and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. The Samsung C6112 phone runs on quad-band GSM/EDGE on the main SIM card and dual-band GSM on the secondary SIM, and offers one touch toggling between the two SIMs. The C6112 is powered by a Lithium-ion 960mAh battery.
Price: Rs. 5,799 (with 1GB microSD card)
What you get: The Duos W259 is a dual active GSM+CDMA phone with a 2.2-inch 262K colors TFT display with a 176 x 220 resolution. The Samsung phone comes with a 1.3-megapixel VGA camera with video recording feature and is powered by a powerful 1140mAH battery. The Samsung dual SIM, dual active phone is preloaded with a range of utilities and motion controlled games and can be used as a modem to access the Internet. Samsung Duos W259 comes with an Emergency SOS Alert feature. Pressing the volume key four times when the screen is locked automatically sends an SOS text message to up to 5 preset numbers.
Price: Rs. 4,799
What you get: The dual SIM Samsung Duos W169 GSM+CDMA phone keeps you active on both numbers simultaneously. The phone comes with a 2.2-inch color display screen with a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. The Samsung dual SIM, dual active phone has an internal memory of 80MB and expandable memory of up to 8GB via a microSD card. The Duos W169 features a VGA camera, MP3 player, Stereo FM and Java support. For connectivity, Samsung Duos W169 offers Bluetooth 2.1 and a USB port. Its 1,000mAH ebattery gives a talk time of up to 4.5 hours. The Duos W169 also offers in-call voice recording, SOS SMS Alerts and Fake Call service.
Price: Rs. 4,649
What you get: Samsung C5212 is a basic dual SIM (GSM+GSM), dual standby phone that lets you switch between the two SIM cards with a simple push of a button, without the need to reboot the phone. Samsung Fizz has a 2.2-inch 262K color TFT display. The phone comes with a VGA camera, Bluetooth and multimedia support, including FM radio with a recording feature. The Samsung C5212 dual SIM phone allows holding of up to a maximum of 4 calls at the same time (2 calls on each SIM).
Price: Rs. 4,399
What you get: The C3222 is the only dual SIM, dual standby GSM+GSM phone by Samsung Duos that offers a QWERTY keypad. Samsung Chat lets traveling businessmen and heavy texters toggle between the two SIM cards automatically and take advantage of different tariff plans. The phone comes preloaded with social networking sites and instant messengers. Samsung Chat boasts easy user interface with its optical trackpad and menu shortcuts. The dual SIM phone comes with a VGA camera and a talk time of up to almost 13 hours.
Price: Rs. 3,649
What you get: Samsung C3212 is an entry-level dual SIM phone that lets you switch between you two GSM SIM cards easily with its dedicated SIM-switching key. The phone has a sleek design and sturdy grip. The C3212 is targeted at youth and preloaded with a unique Bluetooth messenger that lets you send instant messages free of charge to other C3212 users in the vicinity. The Samsung phone fulfills other basic requirements also, such as, VGA camera, multimedia support, document viewer, Bluetooth, USB, Java and FM radio.
Price: Rs. 2,599
What you get: Samsung Guru Dual E2152 is a dual SIM, dual standby phone targeted at people on low budgets. The E2152 has a 2-inch TFT 128×160 pixel display, a basic VGA camera, and can play FM radio. The Samsung dual SIM phone also has an MP3 player, a dedicated music button and support for nine regional languages. A 1000mAh battery promises up to 11 hours of talk time. The Guru E2152 is user-friendly and comes preloaded with social networking apps from Twitter, Facebook, etc., and instant messengers such as Yahoo and IM. All in all, the E2152 is good value for money.
Price: Rs. 1,859
What you get: The Guru E1252 dual SIM (GSM+GSM), dual standby phone that gives you the benefit of two phones with just one handset. The Samsung phone features a 2-inch QQVGA TFT screen that displays 262K colors. The phone runs on a 1,000mAh battery that gives up to 10 hours of talk time. The Guru E1252 boasts a powerful 17 pi speaker for listening to radio and assuring you don’t miss a call in a noisy environment. Samsung Guru Dual E1252 comes with a user-friendly interface, FM alarm and LED torchlight.
Price: Rs. 1,429
What you get: The Guru Dual E1172 mimics the sleek and stylish designs of Samsung’s high-end style mobiles. Its 1.52-inch display supports 65K color resolution. The ergonomic dual SIM, dual standby Samsung Guru Series phone offers a talk time of up to 12 hours. The phone is loaded with features like Fake Call, SOS Messages, Mobile Tracker, Indian Calendar and nine regional languages support. If a camera is not a necessity for you, Samsung Guru Dual E1172 is a good low-budget dual SIM phone.
Price: Rs. 1,349
What you get: The Guru E1225 is a dual SIM (GSM+GSM), dual standby phone with a 1.8-inch QQVGA TFT screen. The Guru Dual has a 3.5 mm audio jack. It uses an 800mAh battery that is said to give up to 9 hours of talk time and over 900 hours in standby. The Samsung phone comes with LED flashlight, high-fidelity speakers and nine regional languages support, along with security features like Fake Call and SOS Messages. Samsung Guru Dual E1225 offers a Bike Mode function that lets you filter calls when you are driving. The phone is embedded with FM radio and thanks to its internal antenna, you don’t need to plug in the earphones to listen to the radio.
With a host of Samsung dual SIM phones available in the markets, you would surely find a phone that suits your needs.